1. The panorama of the city and the bay from the Corcovado (with the Christ the Redeemer statue) is a forever memorable experience
2. Approaching the Sugarloaf Mountain (Pan de Azúcar) on the cable car imparadised me
3. In the outskirts, Prainha Beach impressed me far more than the famous central beaches
4. On Saturday afternoon, watch people on Avenida Atlantica
5. Nightlife in Lapa ("Tropical Montmartre")
6. Take a look at the rapidly transforming Botafogo district
7. From Avenida Portugal (Urca district) look up at the Sugarloaf Mountain
8. In the evenings, enjoy the good public safety of the western part of Leblon, and select a good, still not overprices restaurant
9. Rio is perhaps the most beautifully located city in the world.
10. Rio is never boring
11. People-watching on Copacabana or Ipanema
12. We adored the Selaron steps (Escadaria Selarón)
1. The beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon are fascinating, but they can’t be called beautiful by any means - no palm trees, no shady spots, and cold seawater.
2. That you can’t look around in the favelas unless you join a tourist group and visit one show-like.
3. Rush hour traffic is a chaotic hell.
4. Depressing to see the street kids who have a hopeless future.
5. Cheater taxi drivers and street vendors
6. Most of the tourist attractions are too far apart
7. Air pollution and nerve-tying noise in the city center
8. Unimaginative residential buildings - architecture in Buenos Aires is far more interesting than in Rio.
9. The mad bus drivers
10. Permanent safety concerns - this is the worst problem of visiting Rio